Why is the Wait Time for an Answer from Social Security So Long?
Did you know the average waiting time to receive a decision from the Social Security Administration regarding your application for disability benefits is 506.5 days? According to this article from the Peninsula Clarion, over one million people in the United States are currently in some part of this rigorous application process. Over half of all first-time applicants are denied, and the appeals process can take years to wade through. The article details the struggles of applicants who are in the process of applying for Social Security Disability benefits.
Unfortunately, there are few options available for assistance to applicants attempting to win disability benefits. According to the Social Security Administration, a person qualifies for Social Security Disability if: her or she has a physical or mental condition which prevents him or her from engaging in any “substantial gainful activity,” AND, the condition is expected to last at least twelve months or result in death, AND, he or she is under the age of sixty-five, AND he or she has accumulated twenty social security credits in the last ten years prior to the onset of disability (unless applying for the needs-based disability program Supplemental Security Income [SSI]). After meeting all these criteria, there is still a fifty percent chance of being denied, and forced to go through the appeals process which includes a hearing before an administrative law judge at the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review.
Navigating a system in which almost half of all applicants are denied can be confusing and overwhelming. If you are unable to work due to medical reasons, let the seasoned attorneys at Lancaster & Eure fight on your behalf to get the benefits you deserve. Each attorney gives every client unique and personal attention. Call us for a free consultation (941) 365-7575, or feel free to contact us online.
Hit-and-run accidents are especially frightening. According to Florida Highway Patrol, the number of hit-and run-accidents is steadily increasing in Florida. In the Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s article, in addition to first-hand accounts of how hit-and-run accidents affected the lives of the victims involved, Florida Highway Patrol gives some key advice on how to handle the situation. Florida Highway Patrol Major John Bauman sends out a plea to witnesses of any vehicle collision: “The most important thing a driver can do if they are involved in a crash is remain at the scene and call for help. Remaining at the scene will not only spare drivers significant legal penalties, but it may save a life.”
Part of the problem with a hit-and-run accident is the victim must rely solely on their own automobile insurance. While the bodily injury insurance of the at-fault driver usually covers the victims of accidents, Underinsured Motorist or Uninsured Motorist Insurance is designed to alleviate some of the costs associated with the accident, when the at-fault driver has minimal or no insurance. In the case of a hit-and-run accident, when no information is available for the at-fault driver, Underinsured/Uninsured Motorist insurance can be an indispensable asset when trying to cover costs associated with injuries or property damage resulting from the crash.
Any kind of motor vehicle collision can be a devastating blow to the victim’s life, especially if injuries are involved. It can be a confusing and overwhelming experience for the victims involved. Whether the accident you’ve been involved in is a hit-and-run, or a crash where the at-fault driver remained at the scene, let the seasoned attorneys at Lancaster and Eure fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Each attorney gives every client unique and personal attention. Call us for a free consultation (941) 365-7575, or feel free to contact us online.
The Social Security Disability program is facing a number of proposed cuts in the coming year. Because no substantial reforms have been made to Social Security Disability since the 1980s, changes in the system are necessary in order to lengthen the amount of time in which Social Security Disability’s trust fund will become completely depleted (currently estimated to happen in 2035).
There has been some discussion recently concerning a false notion that the only way to truly repair the Social Security system is to take it out of the hands of the U.S. Government, and place it into those of private companies. Some advocates believe privatization will result in a more generous return for investors, while naysayers generally raise concerns regarding the expected increase in denials of benefits to disabled persons who truly need the financial assistance Social Security Disability provides. Regardless of the privatization issue, some form of cuts in benefits to Social Security Disability recipients should be expected by the third quarter of this year.
These cuts will impact anyone currently receiving Social Security Disability, as well as anyone who may be approved to receive these benefits prior to the third quarter of this year. While none of any of the proposed reforms are going into effect quite yet, this is still an important issue of which to take notice. The SSA’s Press Office released a factsheet detailing some of the changes which will definitely take place this year.
Navigating your way through the Social Security system can be an unnerving and overwhelming process. The experienced attorneys of Lancaster and Eure do all they can to help their clients obtain the benefits they truly deserve. Call us for a free consultation (941) 365-7575, or feel free to contact us online.